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November 6th, 2013
12:11 AM ET

Bill Kristol on the key issue of the Virginia gubernatorial race: "Obamacare is toxic ... it was dominating in the last two weeks"

On an evening which saw the nation vote in a series of important elections – including gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey, as well as a mayoral race in New York, New York – on Monday evening Piers Morgan asked William Kristol and Candy Crowley to offer their unique political perspective.

Joining "Piers Morgan Live" as part of a special midnight edition of the program, Crowley noted the significance of Chris Christie's win in the Garden State, a comfortable victory which keeps him as the state's governor for another four years:

"This is the story he wanted. He wanted this headline. He's close to sixty percent the last time I looked at those polls which is a massive win," said CNN's Chief Political Correspondent. "He is ... going to do better in those demographic groups that have so eluded Republicans: Latinos, African-Americans, women, women, women. In the end, there are more women voters than there are men, and they vote in higher percentages. This is his presentation to the Republican Party tomorrow morning: he won't have to say a word."

Kristol, meanwhile, detailed the role that the recent turmoil in Washington played in determing the next governor of Virginia:

"Ken Cuccinelli did not run a particularly good campaign. He was hurt by the government shutdown which affected northern Virginia. When the government shutdown ended, what, three weeks ago, October 17th, Cuccinelli was down, eight, 10, 12 points in every poll. He closed over the last three weeks, not because he suddenly became a better candidate – he was outspent massively, I think four to one in the last week – but because of Obamacare," explained the neoconservative political analyst and commentator. "Obamacare is toxic. It was dominating in the last two weeks."

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  1. Lets gets honest

    What's toxic is our media silence.

    November 7, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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